Port GM Torres: “Guam’s Port is at a Pivotal Point in Its History”


Guam – Port of Guam General Manager Mary Torres this afternoon [Friday] addressed the attendees of the 99th Annual Association of Pacific Ports [APP] Conference taking place this week at the Marriott Hotel in Tumon.

The conference has brought together Port officials from the mainland U.S., Taiwan, Spain, and from throughout Micronesia.

The Modernization Program of the Port Authority of Guam became the highlight of today’s APP conference as Port General Manager Mary C. Torres addressed the crowd on the progress being made at our island’s only commercial sea port.

The title of Torres’ address was “Port Projects and Priorities in Guam”.

She told the delegates that Guam’s Port “is at a pivotal point in its history … the plans that we make and the actions that we take at this point in time is going to determine whether the Port modernizes and succeeds or languishes in a state of antiquity.”

The 3 day conference wraps up Saturday.

READ Port GM Torres’ power point presentation HERE

READ the Port’s release on Torres’ address in FULL below:

Torres addresses APP conference on Guam project; Port officials from across the Pacific hear from GM regarding ongoing Modernization Program

Torres gave a presentation called “Port Projects and Priorities in Guam” and spoke in detail about the efforts to transform the Port into a world-class facility.

“Our focus is to bring the port to the level that will meet the service needs of Guam and the islands,” Torres said this afternoon. “We are clearly cognizant of our priorities and we are evolving at this time in our history.”

The Port Authority of Guam is co-host to port experts from all over the pacific this week during the annual Association of Pacific Ports Conference which ends tomorrow, July 21.

The theme of this year’s conference is Pacific Blue Continent Connections and the event is being held at the Marriott Guam Resort from July 18-21. This 99th Annual Conference is co-hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Ports Authority and the Port Authority of Guam.  The APP President this year is RMI Board Member James Matayoshi.

Expert speakers have addressed attendees on such timely topics as:

·        Port Security throughout the Pacific

·        Modernizing Stevedore Operations

·        Expanding Trade with a Changing China

·        Investing in Port Infrastructure

·        Managing Military Partnerships with Ports

·        Maximizing Renewable Energy Benefits

·        Effective Commission/Board Governance

·        Building Stronger Wharves

·        Expanding & Updating Cruise Terminals

·        Restructuring Taiwan Ports

·        Adequate Port Insurance Coverage

·        Deploying Successful Port Leadership

The Association of Pacific Ports is a trade and information association founded in 1913 as the Association of Pacific and Far East Ports, for the purpose of promoting increased efficiency and effectiveness of the ports of the Pacific. The name, but not the objectives, was changed in1934.

Programs of the Association of Pacific Ports are aimed at enhancing the technical and governance expertise of commissioners and other port officials through meetings, educational seminars and the exchange of appropriate communications. These programs are also pertinent to the needs of ports’ management and technical staff.

All ports located in areas tributary to the Pacific Ocean are eligible to join the Association of Pacific Ports.  The Association of Pacific Ports includes ports in American Samoa, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Mexico, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Oregon, Saipan, Taiwan, and Washington.

The collective goal of the APP is increased efficiency, effectiveness, and prosperity for Pacific ports.